Mystery Art Exhibit artwork and bidding is now available ONLINE! Check out our Auction Site to see all the Mystery Art artwork... and even make a long-distance bid. For more information about Mystery Art, including auction rules and events dates, click to see our Mystery Art Page.

UPDATE: (Friday, October 9, 2020)

Both The Kemp and The Forum are open to guests Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm.

The Kemp is also open Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm.

The grounds at The Kemp are open during all open business hours.

We are currently open to 50% occupancy and are set up for appropriate social distancing requirements. Mask are required in any location where it is impossible to maintain 6 foot social distancing. For classes and camps, students aged 10 and up and all teachers are required to wear masks.

Please monitor our social media pages for the most up-to-date information on our programming content. Links can be found at the bottom of this page.

We provide extensive arts programming and education throughout the year.  From classes to gallery exhibits to special events, our goal is to supports arts and learning in our community.  To see a complete listing of our many programming events, please click the “PROGRAMS” tab above or this link.

FALL CLASSES are open for limited registration.

Scroll with arrows or swipe for a complete list, or click on the Education menu tab above!


(see our Exhibits page for previous and upcoming exhibit listings)

Check out our videos for a look at what we’ve been doing.

Welcome to The Arts Council: one name for two historic and innovative buildings.

The mission of the Arts Council is to nurture and strengthen the artistic, cultural, and educational quality of the community and surrounding area. We are dedicated to raising arts awareness in the region through our community art programming and venues.

The Arts Council is comprised of two historic buildings: The Kemp and The Forum.  Through extensive capital campaigns and broad community support, we have renovated and restored each of these buildings to return them to their former glory and re-purpose each to create viable arts and cultural centers for generations to come. The buildings are official Texas historical and Wichita Falls landmarks.

The Kemp (1300 Lamar Street) was built in 1917 as a public library.  In 1998 the derelict building was leased to the Arts Council and currently the building and grounds house 5 gallery exhibit spaces, three classrooms and an auditorium.

The Forum (2120 Speedway Avenue) began in 1927 as the home of The Woman’s Forum, a women’s social and philanthropic organization. In 2010 the aging building was deeded to the Arts Council. Currently known as “The Forum”, the building helps support the Arts Council’s Performance Arts programming and provides over 12000 square feet of room rental.

Guests, patrons and students from across Texas and Oklahoma come to The Kemp and The Forum to enjoy live entertainment and performances, local and national visual arts exhibitions, and outstanding arts education classes.  Both facilities are available to rent, whether for an elegant outdoor wedding, a stand-out theater performance, or an all-day corporate meeting.  Our wide range of facilities across both campuses offer multiple rental options for every vision and budget.

The Arts Council is proud to have served the greater Wichita Falls community for 25 years.  In that time, we’ve grown to encompass the heart of arts education in Wichita Falls. Looking forward, our mission is to expand our current platform for visual and performance arts while increasing educational outreach to the community.

For information on our staff, board of trustees, member organizations and more, click on the “About” tab in the menu at the top of the page!

At the Arts Council WF we firmly and passionately believe the arts are vital to the well-being of all people.

We’ve been actively working to make as much arts programming service available as possible, from online interactive classes to our outdoor and indoor gallery exhibits to in-person summer camps. 

As we move forward through this new environment we plan to add more digital and on-site content.  Check back here and on our social media sites for up-to-the-minute updates!

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA for all the latest news!

October 17th

Online viewing and bidding is open for Mystery Art 2020! Browse the gallery of work and place a bid on your favorites at

It's easy to register and bid online or come into the gallery at The Kemp. The final bids and artists will be revealed next Friday, Oct. 23rd at Mystery Art Fest!
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October 15th

Join us for a special reading of poems inspired by artwork in the Mystery Art exhibit! The Wichita Falls Poetry Society has created ekphrastic poetry, poems written about works of art. Each member has selected a piece from the current exhibit and created their own written artwork. Poets will be reading their work in the gallery during our Thursday evening Art On Tap.

Visit with the poets and view all 154 pieces of art.

Date: Thursday, October 15
Place: The North Light Gallery at The Kemp
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
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October 14th

Due to unforeseen circumstances and growing local COVID-19 cases, we have made the decision to cancel our Oct. 24th Sounds of Speedway concert. The committee is working on a possible alternative performance or replacement show. Please stay tuned for updated information! ... See MoreSee Less

October 14th

Join us Thursday, Oct. 29th for our next gallery opening reception, featuring artist Jason Bly! Food, drinks, art. A perfect way to spend an evening!

*Social distancing between guests will be encouraged and our entire building will be opened up for the safety and convenience of our guests. Masks are required upon entry.
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August 20th

Texoma Gives is an amazing day of giving and the Arts Council WF is honored to be a part of it. Your donations and contributions support our arts education and programming that reaches the entire community! Please remember us on September 10th!

📲 Council WF is participating in #TexomaGives. This nonprofit joins over 200 other nonprofits to raise money on Sept. 10!

Check out why you should donate to them here:
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August 17th

Did you know that our Arts Alive Home and Garden Festival featured artist is chosen from our Mystery Art exhibit the year prior? Here's a look forward to 2021 and back at 2020!

2021 Featured Artist: Sally Struck
2020 Featured Artist: Cynthia Westbrook

Maybe the piece you enter this year will be the featured piece for 2022! For more info and to apply visit
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April 26th

✔️ Like, ✔️ Follow and ✔️ Share our new page to stay in the know!

Arts Council WF is our new page, dedicated to bringing you all the news, updates, events and information about our organization. All in ONE place!The Arts Council is proud to have served the greater Wichita Falls area for the last 25 years, and have grown to encompass the heart of arts education in our community! Find out more about our mission and who we are:

What we provide:
• 5000+ students inspired to life-long and life-changing learning
• Distance Learning – reaching 1000+ local and rural students each month with real-time classroom instruction
• Art In Transition –teaching art in the county jails system
• Meeting place for 50+ Local Member Organizations
• Art center providing a welcoming local destination for both tourists and locals
• 30,000+ visitors brought to Wichita Falls through Arts Council programming
• 20,000+ visitors at Home & Garden, Mystery Art, ArtZeum and Cowboy True events
• 28 unique gallery exhibits featuring local, regional and national visual artists
• Two lovingly renovated and restored historical buildings available for public and private use - Kemp Center for the Arts & The Forum Wichita Falls
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April 15th

The 2021 Arts Alive! Home and Garden Festival is scheduled for Feb. 27 & 28 and we are already looking forward to seeing you all next spring.

For more info on the show and vendors, please visit
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September 9th

Congratulations to Dr. James Ridenour on your winning bid for the Inks Ranch Hunting Package auction! ALL proceeds will be going directly to Whispers of Hope Horse Farm and their goal of PATH Certification. We are so grateful for everyone who bid on this auction item and participated in Cowboy True 2020. ... See MoreSee Less

August 26th

Meet Jack and his dog, Bosco. 🐶
Jack was the 1st Place Winner of our 2020 Cowboy True Poetry Contest and his poem "Dogs Will Be Dogs" was inspired by Bosco, himself. Proof that man's best friend can inspire us in many ways!
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